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Alabama

  • Final Rule Alabama State Implementation Plan Revisions CSAPR  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP), regarding the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) regulations. This final rule approves two SIP revisions: 1) adds the term “Group 2” »

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Alaska

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Alberta

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Arizona

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Arkansas

  • Emissions Control Equipment Voluntary Monitoring Considerations  - 

    In the air permitting world, some facilities have emissions control equipment, such as fabric filters, scrubbers, and oxidizers. Federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) »

  • Who Do I Send My Air Permit Reports To?  - 

    It can be confusing to determine where to send the compliance reports required by your air permit. Are they submitted to ADEQ, or EPA, or both? The table below will help clarify the situation for NSPS, NESHAP, and Title V ACC and SAM reports. Most »

  • Upcoming Change for Title V ACC and SAM Reports Electronic Submissions to ADEQ  - 

    ADEQ recently announced that starting January 1, 2020, the Title V Annual Compliance Certification (ACC) reports and the Semi-Annual Monitoring (SAM) reports will no longer be accepted by emailing Air Submission at airsubmission@adeq.state.ar.us. To »

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British Columbia

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California

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Colorado

  • Proposed regulation Part 20-Regulation and Licensing of TENORM  - 

    Per Colorado State Bill SB 18-245 (passed in 2018), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is required to adopt a rule concerning the regulation of technologically advanced naturally occurring radioactive materials (TENORM) by »

  • CDPHE COVID-19 Response  - 

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a memorandum on March 17 regarding environmental compliance during the pandemic crisis. In that memo, regulatory requirements administered by all divisions of the CDPHE remained »

  • New Air Toxics Program Proposed for Colorado  - 

    House Bill (HB) 20-1265 was introduced to create a new air toxics program in Colorado. Introduced on February 3, 2020, it is uncertain how this bill will move forward, but the current key components of the bill include regulating hydrogen cyanide, »

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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Florida

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Georgia

  • Proposed Amendments to Permit Fees  - 

    The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is proposing amendments to Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.03(9), “Permit Fees,” to add a new annual maintenance fee for Title V sources, specify the dollar-per-ton rate for annual emission fees, and »

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

  • Redesignation of the Lemont and Pekin Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment  - 

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to redesignate the Lemont and Pekin sulfur dioxide (SO2) nonattainment areas from nonattainment to attainment. The EPA is also proposing to approve Illinois' maintenance plan for these two »

  • Illinois EPA COVID-19 Update  - 

    As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is having significant impacts on businesses and government agencies. As of March 20, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) has not released an official statement regarding the »

  • Proposed Ethylene Oxide Ambient Monitoring  - 

    The Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) issued a proposed rule to begin ambient air monitoring of ethylene oxide in the following locations: Northbrook, Schiller Park, Nilwood, Alton, and Bondville. The IPCB is proposing that the ambient »

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Iowa

  • Updated Air Dispersion Modeling Guidance  - 

    IDNR issued updated air dispersion modeling guidance documents on June 5, 2020 for both PSD and non-PSD projects. The notable updates are summarized below.Non-PSD Guidance DocumentConstruction permit application Form MD is now an optional form but »

  • Iowa COVID 19 Environmental Compliance Updates  - 

    Updated IDNR COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance ProtocolIDNR has issued an updated compliance and enforcement protocol in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic on April 9, 2020 with the following additions from the previous document:Air Quality »

  • Iowa COVID-19 Environmental Compliance Updates  - 

    IDNR COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance ProtocolIDNR has issued a compliance and enforcement protocol in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The protocol is to provide regulatory relief and alleviate the economic effects of businesses and »

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Kansas

  • Draft 2020 KS Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan Published by KDHE  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) published the draft 2020 KS Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan. KDHE must review the plan annually and submit the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval by July 1 »

  • KDHE’s Website Now Referencing New EPA Guidance Database  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE's) website now has references to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new online guidance document database that was prepared in response to Executive Order 13891, Promoting the »

  • KDHE Issues Updated Air Regulatory Enforcement Policy and SEP Policy  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) posted an updated Air Regulatory Enforcement Policy for the State of Kansas (version 1.0, October 2019 - signed by the Director of the Bureau of Air on March 12, 2020). The enforcement policy »

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

  • LDEQ Proposes Revisions to the Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Regulations  - 

    On April 20, 2020, the LDEQ published a proposed revision to the State's hazardous waste and hazardous materials regulations. Proposed Rule HW128 seeks to repeal the definition of treatment in LAC 33:V.2203 (definitions applicable to prohibitions on »

  • Operating Permits Workgroup Meeting Key Takeaways  - 

    On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) hosted an Operating Permits Workgroup (OPW) Meeting. This meeting highlighted many updates that have either recently gone into effect or will go into effect in »

  • LDEQ Proposes Revisions to Water Quality Regulations  - 

    On February 20, 2020, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) proposed to amend the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permitting regulations. In the proposed rule, WQ104, Federal Regulations, which became »

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Maine

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Maryland

  • MDE Finalizes New General Permit for Emergency Generators  - 

    On July 15, 2019, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) announced the new and finalized general permit for emergency generators. The new general permit covers emergency generators rated at 373 kW up to and including 2000 kW.As we »

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Massachusetts

  • New England and US EPA COVID-19 Response  - 

    With updates pouring in every day regarding the novel coronavirus and government responses, we at Trinity Consultants are striving to bring you up-to-date and accurate agency information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New »

  • MassDEP Promulgates Amendments to 310 CMR 7.00 Air Pollution Control  - 

    On March 20, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) published adopted amendments to the 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) Chapter 7.00 Air Pollution Control. The changes were effective March 20, 2020.All »

  • MassDEP 2019 Source Registration and Greenhouse Gas Forms Available to Filers  - 

    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has released web forms for reporting year (RY) 2019 Source Registration (SR) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting for all facilities that need to file 2019 data. A list of »

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Minnesota

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Mississippi

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Missouri

  • Missouri Hazardous Waste Fee Increase Fails in Missouri General Assembly  - 

    Last year, the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission underwent an emergency fee increase process, proposing to temporarily raise hazardous waste fees to cover projected budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2022. On March 5, Senate Concurrent »

  • USEPA NPDES Compliance Initiative - Are You Submitting Your DMRs?  - 

    One of the USEPA's current national compliance initiatives targets a reduction in the rate of significant non-compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. Examples of significant non-compliance include both »

  • Comment Period Open for Proposed Revisions to Air Regulations  - 

    The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is currently accepting comments on proposed revisions to 10 CSR 10-6.030, Sampling Methods for Air Pollution Sources. The proposed revisions update the incorporation by reference of USEPA test »

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Montana

  • Regional Haze Rule Second Planning Period  - 

    The Regional Haze Rule (RHR) establishes a comprehensive visibility protection program for Class I areas and requires states to set reasonable progress goals (RPGs) towards achieving natural visibility conditions in all Class I areas by 2064. EPA »

  • New Montana Registration Program for Aggregates, Ready-Mix, and Asphalt Industry  - 

    In May 2019, Montana's Air Quality Bureau announced a new air registration program to replace the current air permitting process for crushers and screens, concrete batch plants, and asphalt plants. The new program is intended to streamline the »

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Nebraska

  • NDEE Work Schedule in Response to COVID 19  - 

    The Nebraska Department of Environment Energy (NDEE) staff have adopted the following work schedule in response to the call to minimize large gatherings in order to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).Split shifts are »

  • EPA Proposed Revisions to NE SIP and Title V Permits  - 

    EPA proposed a rule (85 FR 8240 (02/13/2020) to approve a revision to the Nebraska SIP and Title V operating permits program. The proposed rule removes a provision to clarify that construction permits are not vacated when an operating permit is »

  • NDEE Inviting Comments on Air Permit Conditions I and II  - 

    The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) has added to the website redlined updates of the Conditions I and II documents used in air quality construction permits and operating permits, to address earlier comments received and »

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Nevada

  • Compliance Still Required for Nevada Method 9 Evaluations  - 

    As a result of safety requirements to address COVID-19, U.S. EPA Method 9 certification and recertification courses are cancelled until further notice. Although Method 9 certifications expire after six months, sources are still required to comply »

  • Nevada Agency Responses to EPA COVID-19 Temporary Policy  - 

    On March 26, 2020 EPA released the following guidance on enforcement and compliance during COVID-19, retroactively effective March 13, 2020:EPA does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, »

  • EPA’s TANKS Program No Longer Accepted by Clark County DAQ  - 

    In 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released version 4.09D of its TANKS Emissions Estimation Software (TANKS 4.09D). This software calculates volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from »

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

  • Air Permitting and Regulatory Updates for New Jersey  - 

    On February 7, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) hosted a Quarterly Industrial Stakeholders Group (ISG) Meeting. Trinity engineers and scientists consistently attend these meetings to interact with the NJDEP and »

  • Key NJDEP Air Program Changes in 2019  - 

    Last year was a busy year for air quality permitting stakeholders in New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) introduced several changes, proposed changes or changes to be proposed in the future that are expected to »

  • NJDEP Quarterly Industrial Stakeholders/Air Permitting Group Meeting Updates  - 

    On Friday October 4, 2019, the NJDEP held their Quarterly Industrial Stakeholders/Air Permitting Group Meeting (ISG). A summary of the key items discussed is provided below.NJ Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)The New Jersey Department of »

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New Mexico

  • Upcoming NM Minor Source Emission Inventory News  - 

    On March 11, 2019, The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced that the Air Quality Bureau (AQB) will be conducting a minor source emission inventory for all sources located in the state of New Mexico for reporting year 2020 (per »

  • NMED Begins Initial Stakeholder Process for Ozone Attainment Initiative (OAI)  - 

    The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has begun the initial public outreach efforts for the New Mexico Ozone Attainment Initiative (OAI). The OAI is the NMED's response to several areas in the state nearing the 2015 8-hour primary National »

  • Upcoming New Mexico Minor Source Emission Inventory  - 

    The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) - Air Quality Bureau will be conducting an emission inventory (EI) for all minor sources located in the state of New Mexico for reporting year 2020. For those unfamiliar with EIs, an emission inventory is »

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New York

  • New York Proposes Several Rule Changes  - 

    On April 29, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) proposed several changes to air permitting, compliance and reporting regulations. These proposed rules align with other rules proposed earlier this year and »

  • Solvent-based Cleaning Rule Revisions and New Requirements-Part 226  - 

    Using solvents to clean production and maintenance parts as well as equipment at facilities is common in nearly all industrial facilities. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued Part 226 of Title 6 CRR-NY several »

  • DID YOU KNOW? Your ''Lifetime'' New York Minor Air Facility Registration May Actually Expire!  - 

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has implemented a 10-year expiration on New York Minor Air Facility Registrations (AFR) and a revision to 6 CRR-NY 201-4.2. The impacts of this change are being felt across many »

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North Carolina

  • Does Your Facility Have a Pandemic Response and/or Preparedness Plan?  - 

    As offices begin to reopen and staff members are returning to the workplace, employers are prioritizing the health and safety of their employees, customers, supply chain, and the communities they serve. In order to promote health and safety while »

  • Boiler MACT Affected Sources Five-Year Tune-Up  - 

    If you operate existing units utilizing oxygen trim systems, limited-use units, or units equal to or less than 5 MMBtu/hr, 2020 is likely the required year to perform your five-year tune-up according to the requirements in 63.7540(a)(10):As »

  • Does Your SPCC Plan Make the Grade? Lessons Learned from EPA Inspections  - 

    EPA conducted several compliance inspections in 2019 focused on the requirements of 40 CFR Part 112, Oil Pollution Prevention. Part 112 applies to facilities with aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons of oil, which is the »

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North Dakota

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

  • EPA Approves OK SIP Updates  - 

    On August 1, 2019, EPA Region 6 approved several revisions to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan (SIP). The proposed SIP was submitted on February 14, 2017, and included changes to the following subchapters and appendices of OAC »

  • Updates on ODEQ's Electronic Air Permitting and Emission Inventories (from the June 20th EFO Regulatory Newsreel)  - 

    Lee Warden, Air Quality Division Engineering and Permitting Manager, discussed the advantages of the online air permit application system. She pointed out that permit applications are being processed significantly faster in the online system, than »

  • Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act  - 

    Following is a quick summary of Oklahoma's new Audit Privilege Act based on a presentation from Stephen Baldridge, Senior Counsel to Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment, at the June 20th EFO Regulatory Newsreel:Effective date is 11/1/2019The »

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Ontario

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

  • RIDEM Proposes Regulation for Climate Resilience Fund  - 

    On September 23, 2019, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published proposed regulations to create a Climate Resilience Fund of $5,000,000. The funds will provide grants to Governmental and Non-profit entities for »

  • Proposed Revisions to the Rhode Island’s RACT SIP  - 

    The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) published proposed revisions to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) with respect to reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and »

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South Carolina

  • Exemption and Recordkeeping Updates to SC NOx Standard  - 

    On April 24, 2020, the recent amendments to South Carolina Regulation (R.) 61-62 became effective. Most notable are the amendments to R. 61-62.5, Standard No. 5.2, Control of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). With these amendments, the regulation now »

  • Boiler MACT Affected Sources Five-Year Tune-Up  - 

    If you operate existing units utilizing oxygen trim systems, limited-use units, or units equal to or less than 5 MMBtu/hr, 2020 is likely the required year to perform your five-year tune-up according to the requirements in 63.7540(a)(10):As »

  • Does Your SPCC Plan Make the Grade? Lessons Learned from EPA Inspections  - 

    EPA conducted several compliance inspections in 2019 focused on the requirements of 40 CFR Part 112, Oil Pollution Prevention. Part 112 applies to facilities with aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons of oil, which is the »

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Tennessee

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Texas

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Utah

  • Small but Important Changes to Utah’s Permitting Rule R307-401  - 

    UDAQ is proposing changes to R307-401 to include the requirement that the sources that must have a permit and cannot operate without first having obtained such a permit. In other words, operation without a permit-and not merely a failure to obtain a »

  • Stack Testing Final Adoption Repeal and Reenactment of R307-165  - 

    UDAQ is proposing for final adoption the repeal and reenactment of R307-165 which outlines the requirements for notifying, conducting, and reporting stack tests. The rule was updated to align with current stack testing practices, rule formatting, »

  • UDAQ Proposed Emission Rule Amendments  - 

    During the May 6, 2020 Air Quality Board meeting, the Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) proposed significant rule amendments to emission offsets and emission impact analysis (i.e., air dispersion modeling).R307-422. Emission Offset Requirements in »

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Virginia

  • Virginia DEQ COVID 19 Updates  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released their response to COVID-19 on March 31, 2020.DEQ staff are currently working remotely and have temporarily suspended all field work, except emergency pollution response. Based on »

  • VDEQ Proposes Updates to Virginias Title V Air Permits Guidance Manual  - 

    Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) proposed changes to Chapter 2 (Permit Applications - Timely and Complete Review APG-200A2), Chapter 9 (Compliance Assurance Monitoring [CAM] APG-200A9), and Chapter 11 (Changing Status from Title V »

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Remands Air Permit to APCB  - 

    On January 7, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded an air permit to the Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) for the Buckingham County compressor station, which is part of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The permit was remanded to the »

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Washington

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Washington, DC

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Wisconsin

  • WDNR Debuts New Way to Track Air Permit Progress  - 

    A new progress bar has been added to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Permit Search Tool. The new progress bar, replacing the Permit Milestones table, is displayed at the bottom of the Permits and Permit Applications tab on each »

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Wyoming

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